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RE: Jetpack vs MiFi vs Hotspot

Disadvantage 1 is having to add and pay for an additional line. If you are going to get one, ensure it is a current model, quite a few out there that are only 3G, hence they will be slower.
wanderingaimlessly 08/25/19 05:06pm Technology Corner
RE: Another generator thread? yea, want your ideas, please?

Dutchmen, are you adding any solar? Even a modest solar system can sufficiently augment your batteries for the fridge. 4 6v batteries and 300 watts of solar will handle most needs for up to a week. Low sun days will hurt some, as will shorter days in the winter, but even if you can only get back to 95% after the first day, and 90% the next, you still will have over a week before you start running down, and a few hours on a genny will take care of most of that. With the 120 vac fridge, you wont gain much of anything from the truck, so the solar will even help on your travel days. As to AC, if you can get by on one unit, any of the 3000 + watt units should cover your needs, you just may need to turn the converter/charger off when you start the AC.
wanderingaimlessly 08/24/19 06:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: carrying Atv in short bed truck with TT

Are the wheels supported on the tailgate? If they arent putting weight on the tailgate when it's down, you could simply remove the tailgate. If they are resting on the tailgate, a piece of 3/4 inch plywood, cut so that it only projects out the rear of the bed far enough to support the ATV. With the front wheels also being on the plywood would have plenty of counterweight to keep it from tipping. And you would just remove the tailgate altogether. You would have to secure the plywood for when you are loading and unloading, and ensure you have the atv strapped down well.
wanderingaimlessly 08/23/19 11:20am Travel Trailers
RE: It's all ours now!

You got to start over. The Yellow truck clashes with the Montana. Congrats, Being debt free is wonderful aint it?
wanderingaimlessly 08/19/19 04:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ram 2500 Diesel

Shiner, I get what you are saying about specialized buyers wanting specialized specs for their purposes. But, if you subscribe to that as a generality, why rate any non commercial truck for over 9900 lbs ever? Why not sell 9900 lb f-450 dually models? Everybody can save a buck on their recreational plates.
wanderingaimlessly 08/19/19 03:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nankang car tires. Any good?

Grit, check walmart on Kumho tires in her size, 195-65-16 are 68.99 US or for that a 215-55-16 for $70.99 us Kumho They seemed good to us.
wanderingaimlessly 08/19/19 02:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 Diesel

"If you really want to go into the weeds you would need to examine the rest of the vehicle. Is the braking system the same? Or are the 3500 series brakes heavier? I honestly don't know, and don't care, because I have always assumed that the engineers designing something and a manufacturing a piece of equipment that are willing to put a warranty on it, have a better idea of what it can do than the average guy with a toolbox and a JCWhitney catalog. " Don't know and don't care is why the mfgs recommendations exist in the first place probably. But for those that do know and understand (don't have to care), incorrect assumptions from folks that don't know are false information. As I said, dont know and dont care, because I typically dont push way beyond the vehicle specs. I acknowledged that I have overloaded my truck on occasion, short distances, low speeds, and decided to take the inherent risk on myself. I would not for example have taken my truck, loaded 1000 pounds past the cargo cap, and hit the interstates at 70+ mph for a 1000 mile interstate trip. Would I have made it? Probably. Was it prudent? NO. And if an emergency situation was presented, could I have avoided it? Cant say, but the overloaded condition definitely would not have helped me or been beneficial. As someone who worked in structural engineering, I know you design and build to 25-50% beyond the spec. Stresses caused by swerving to avoid an unforeseen object, or rapid braking becomes a major hazard, and when the piece of equipment is pushed beyond its designed capabilities, you run the risk of going beyond the designed in safety margin. I worked for an auto dealer years ago, and owned an auto service shop recently, and as a prudent business owner and technician, while I may have strayed from accepted safety margins, I would never recommend that someone else do so.
wanderingaimlessly 08/19/19 02:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 Diesel

With the concept of the truck being a 10k lbs gvwr the engineers designed the springs for that weight. the springs are the same for either the CTD or a 5.7 gas, only the payload cap changes, because that is the stated goal of building a 10k lbs gvwr truck. I gave my opinion, and stated why I dont think it's a good idea for the op's stated idea, if you want to suggest otherwise, feel free. Yes, the brakes on the 2500 and SRW 3500 are exactly the same. The frames have the same ratings. The front suspension and front axle are the same, The rear axles are the same. The only difference is the rear suspension which is why a 3500's rear axle GAWR is 500 lbs more at 7,000 lbs while my 2500 is 6,500 lbs. Ram's (and most manufacturers) GAWR's are ratings of the whole axle system which includes brakes, tires, axles and suspension. So if Ram designed my 2500 suspension around a 10k GVWR rating, then why did they give it a front GAWR of 6,000 lbs and the rear 6,500 lbs which is 12,500 lbs total. The 3500 of the same year has a front GAWR of 6,000 lbs and the rear of 7,000 lbs with is 13,000 lbs total. In most cases, the answer to your question is that they saved money by using the same components as on another vehicle. Be it brakes, frame or whatever. I could use your logic to likewise ask "why list the front axle higher than 5000 and the rear axle over 5000 since the total rig is rated for 10,000." I can think of several scenarios where the weights could be a problem. As an example,,, You are in a fairly new truck, under warranty, and experience a major breakdown. Get towed by a Ram dealer to their facility and they note that you were towing something which caused you to exceed their weight limits, (this would be my luck) and they void your warranty. I have hauled gravel several times in my 2500 and had it at least 1000 pounds over the mfr's limit, but,,, I was past my warranty, I knew it was only a short distance on flat roads and I knew the liklihood of a weight check was near nil. All of that being said, I would not tell someone else to do it. I may tell them I have, but I decided to take the risk.
wanderingaimlessly 08/19/19 12:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Size of Garage door

A rollup or accordian door can be any height, but they get pricy. Understand that a 14' tall opening does not equal 14' of clear access. The average overhead door when open will hang down anywhere from 6" to a foot or more below the top of the framed opening. Your 14' door should be fine with a 12'6" trailer, but you must watch to ensure it is staying up as far as possible. You may even want to cut a piece of tubing such as the lightweight tubing used for a tv antenna mount to something like 13'6"" and use that to ensure the bottom of the door is always above your highest point before backing in.
wanderingaimlessly 08/19/19 12:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Nankang car tires. Any good?

You didn't mention car type or tire size for your sisters car, but look at Kumho tires if it is a small car. They are decent quality, good tread patterns and reasonably priced, HelMart sells them online and by having them shipped to store, it makes for an easy transaction. I put them on m'ladies little Chev Cobalt, and they actually seemed better driving than the 50,000 mile Michelins we took off. If her vehicle is a larger or more of an off road vehicle, I would stay with most of the American mfr's.
wanderingaimlessly 08/19/19 12:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Moderator

And with a screen name like "Bedlam" he should fit right in. Welcome to the party.
wanderingaimlessly 08/19/19 11:49am Truck Campers
RE: Ram 2500 Diesel

You're missing the point because you can't see through your mfgs gvw rating glasses... Put aside some people's perceived "liability" of the matter for a moment and think about it. YOUR truck has a 3klb payload. How much heavier is your truck's unladen rear axle weight than a comparable diesel 4wd? I'll answer for you. About 1/2 the weight of the transfer case, so about 100lbs heavier. Yet, with the same rear suspension and chassis, the diesels are considerably less, but pretty much all the diesel's (and front axle) weight is on the front axle. Therefore, the rear end of the truck with the SAME everything else is just as safe and capable. With the concept of the truck being a 10k lbs gvwr the engineers designed the springs for that weight. the springs are the same for either the CTD or a 5.7 gas, only the payload cap changes, because that is the stated goal of building a 10k lbs gvwr truck. And engineers tend to build to suit the design need, not the backyard mechs dreams. If you really want to go into the weeds you would need to examine the rest of the vehicle. Is the braking system the same? Or are the 3500 series brakes heavier? I honestly don't know, and don't care, because I have always assumed that the engineers designing something and a manufacturing a piece of equipment that are willing to put a warranty on it, have a better idea of what it can do than the average guy with a toolbox and a JCWhitney catalog. I gave my opinion, and stated why I dont think it's a good idea for the op's stated idea, if you want to suggest otherwise, feel free.
wanderingaimlessly 08/19/19 11:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 Diesel

You still have not understood my point. The 2500 is designed for the 10k limit. the frame, engine one tranny etc are the same as the heavier 3500 series. BUT by design the coil springs are spece'ed to be ideal for the 10K weight. and unless you want to modify, ignore, or overload, they are what causes the limit to be at that point on the truck as built. Yes I have a 2500 but 2wd, mine is near 3000 lbs because of the gas engine I have towed tt's and had a TC for a while. But I dont tend to jump in and out of my trucks frequently so I Have not had a need as of yet for a diesel.
wanderingaimlessly 08/19/19 10:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 Diesel

Yeah , it's sad, but the coil suspension makes that light riding truck, have very little payload after you allow for the diesels weight. Sorry my friend, but that is 100% BS. The 2380# payload is typical for the 2500 crew cab diesel class and has zero to do with the rear springs, and everything to do with the 10k weight limit for class 2 trucks (that is until GM changed the rules sort of, but that's another topic). All that means is your truck weighs 10,000 - 2380 = 7620# empty as it sits. The coil spring rear suspension gives a better ride, empty or loaded, but does not reduce the available payload. Trains engines ride on coil springs, and I think they're pretty heavy. And I simply said it was a light payload cap. And advised how to check it. The Manufacturers guidelines show the light payload. I did point out that tow capacity was more than sufficient especially since it is the same engine as the 3500 series. If you want to overload yours, go ahead, but acknowledge that you do this by your own decision and thought process, and at some point some agency or lawyer will prosecute/sue someone for violating the guidelines and going over the 10,000 limit you point out. What the rear axle in and of itself can carry wont be the determining factor. And whether or not a train engine has leaf or coil springs has nothing to do with springs spec'ed out to give that soft ride at a 10,000 weight limit in this pickup.
wanderingaimlessly 08/19/19 09:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Camping on my lot against zoning law

You dont say where you are located, some areas have strict rules, some are pretty lax. Can you run water and sewer to a small bathroom in your garage? That may alleviate the problem since you could claim you are using the facilities in the garage. And it would help you as well since you could tap them for your trailer.
wanderingaimlessly 08/18/19 04:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ram 2500 Diesel

Yeah , it's sad, but the coil suspension makes that light riding truck, have very little payload after you allow for the diesels weight.
wanderingaimlessly 08/18/19 04:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 Diesel

I looked at that same truck hard for a smaller 5th wheel and decided no. A handful of the 2500's have good capability but most of the Rams are very low on payload capacity, and a 12000 empty will be a 13500 at best loaded unit meaning your pin weight will be north of 3200 lbs, add for the hitch another 200, and then any others travelling with you and most Rams are overloaded. Tow cap will show as ok, Payload will probably not. Some may say different, and to actually pull it you will have plenty of power, but your suspension and frame will be technically overloaded in most cases. Check your door pillar sticker and you should be able to find your numbers, your old window sticker if you saved it should tell you as well.
wanderingaimlessly 08/18/19 03:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Installing a hitch costs and needs

If you dont have even a 2" receiver on the rear, I would suggest you visit a local trailer or truck accessories shop and ask for an estimate on a class III hitch. You can check U Haul For a comparasion price. As mentioned above you will need a 7 pin electrical connection and the shop should be able to tell you the maximum you can tow along with letting you know if you need a tranny cooler for your trailer.
wanderingaimlessly 08/16/19 12:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Any place to park a trailer for a few hours in bend Oregon

If you are active at a local church, ask your pastor, minister or whoever runs it, Chances are they know a leader of a church in the area your going to and can easily get you approved for a couple hours parking as long as its not during any services. The same can also be done often with some organizations, VFW, Moose etc.
wanderingaimlessly 08/16/19 10:56am Roads and Routes
RE: Is this RV to long in the back to launch 24’ boat.

Try this for your photo Photo posting
wanderingaimlessly 08/16/19 06:34am Beginning RVing
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